Green Tea Rice

READY IN: 30mins
Recipe by smellyvegetarian

This is from the July/August 2009 Vegetarian Times. They recommend serving with low-sodium soy sauce and chili oil. Posted for safekeeping.

Top Review by Prose

Wow! I love cooking with tea, and this is a lovely way to do so. The tea gives this dish a lot of flavor without using a sugary/fatty/salty sauce like a lot of stir-fry-type dishes. I only had about 3/4 cup of basmati rice, so I added 1/4 cup Bhutanese red rice, which has the same cooking time. I am looking forward to trying this with brown basmati rice (I would adjust the amounts and cooking time). I doubled the garlic and ginger and used a whole bag of frozen stir-fry veggies. Alas, I did not have any sesame seeds on hand. I did add 1/2 pound sauteed tofu for protein and served with low-sodium soy sauce, as suggested. I will definitely make this again and again.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place tea bags in a 4 c measuring cup and cover with 3 c water. Steep 7-10 minutes and discard the tea bags.
  2. Combine rice, garlic, ginger, and tea in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover pan, reduce heat to medium low, and simmer 10 minutes.
  3. Add frozen vegetables and cover pan again. Cook 5-10 minutes more, or until tea is absorbed and vegetables are hot and crisp-tender. Stir in green onions and sesame seeds and season with salt and pepper.

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